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2,056. Out of the dark we came, into the dark we go … Life is nothing. Life is all. It is the hand with which we hold off death. It is the glow-worm that shines in the night-time and is black in the morning; it is the white breath of the oxen in winter; it is the little shadow that runs across the grass and loses itself at sunset. (Life’s Like That & Darkness) H Rider Haggard, King Solomon’s Mines 1886
2,236. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning. (Meaning of Life & Universe & Darkness) C S Lewis
3,498. Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly, to be fearful of the night. (Star & Soul & Darkness & Light & Night) Sarah Williams, Twilight Hours: A Legacy of Verse
3,503. Even as a child, she had preferred night to day, had enjoyed sitting out in the yard after sunset, under the star-speckled sky listening to frogs and crickets. Darkness soothed. It softened the sharp edges of the world, toned down the too-harsh colors. With the coming of twilight, the sky seemed to recede; the universe expanded. The night was bigger than the day, and in its realm, life seemed to have more possibilities. (Star & Day & Night & Darkness) Dean Koontz, Midnight
3,506. When darkness is at its darkest, a star shines the brightest. (Star & Darkness) Louise Philippe
3,514. It is early, early morning. It’s that time when it’s still dark but you know the day is coming. Blue is bleeding through black. Stars are dying. (Star & Morning & Darkness & Day) Markus Zusak, Underdog
6,791. As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it. (Knowledge & Darkness) Albert Einstein
9,300. If I must die,
I will encounter darkness as a bride,
And hug it in mine arms. (Death & Darkness) William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure ibid. III i 81
69,268. All’s cheerless, dark, and deadly. William Shakespeare, The History of King Lear V iii 285, Kent
69,269. Finish, good lady; the bright day is done,
And we are for the dark. William Shakespeare, Anthony & Cleopatra V ii 192
11,776. All colours agree in the dark. (Colour & Darkness) Francis Bacon, Essays 1625 ‘Or Unity in Religion’
57,081. O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon,
Irrecoverably dark, total eclipse
Without all hope of day! (Samson & Darkness) John Milton, Samson Agonistes 1671 l80
57,082. The sun to me is dark
And silent as the moon,
When she deserts the night
Hid in her vacant interlunar cave. (Samson & Darkness) ibid. l86
59,431. We do not live entirely in the dark, Cesare. (Pope & Darkness) The Borgias: Lucrezia’s Gambit s3e7, Rodrigo
69,264. Hello darkness my old friend [strums guitar] ... I’ve walked into this wall again. Jasper Carrott, on stage
69,265. The opening was barred by a black bank of clouds, and the tranquil waterway leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed sombre under an overcast sky – seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness 1902
69,266. We penetrated deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness. ibid.
69,267. O dark dark dark. They all go into the dark,
The vacant interstellar spaces, the vacant into the vacant. T S Eliot, Four Quartets ‘East Coker’
69,270. I sometimes call them the people who live in the dark. Everything they do is in hiding ... Everything we do is in the light. They live in the dark. Clare Short
69,271. An horror of great darkness fell upon him. (Darkness & Horror) Genesis 15:12
54,126. And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.
And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. (God’s Fascism & Plagues & Darkness & God: God to Man) Exodus 10:21&22
69,272. Then said Solomon, The Lord hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. II Chronicles 6:1
69,445. Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!
I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.
Are not my days few? Cease then, and let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,
Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;
A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness. (Death & Darkness) Job 10:18-22
69,273. Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.
69,274. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. (Darkness & Light) Isaiah 9:1&2
57,482. For behold the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people. (End of the World & Darkness & Apocalypse) Isaiah 60:2
79,316. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. (Light & Darkness) John 1:5&8
79,317. Men loved darkness more than light, because their deeds were evil. (Light & Darkness & Deeds & Evil) John 3:19